There are many advantages to maintaining good oral hygiene. The health benefits extend far beyond a winning smile and fresh breath.
Brushing and flossing is the daily routine we are taught about from the time our teeth start to come in. But fresh breath and a sparkling smile aren’t the only motivation we have.
Researchers at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia conducted two studies looking for a link between gum disease and risk of stroke.
The studies found that people with gum disease were twice as likely to have large artery strokes and 2.4 times as likely to have severely blocked brain arteries.
Gum disease is caused by bacteria that produces chronic inflammation. Inflammation is a key component in atherosclerosis, or hardening of arteries. When large arteries of the brain are hardened, they can cause strokes, even when there are no symptoms
The good news is that proper daily oral hygiene, including brushing with toothpaste and flossing, can help prevent gum disease.
So, the next time you think you’re too sleepy to brush your teeth and floss before going to bed, wake up and think twice.